University Libraries’ Mobile App Provides More Access for Students and Faculty

Smartphones, 3G devices, and other mobile applications are increasingly used by students and faculty to stay connected. Forecasts for the use and popularity of these affordable devices indicate a future with them as the primary means of Internet access. 

The increasing popularity of these devices enables the University Libraries to further empower students, faculty, and other researchers to “… put a research library in their pockets” with a new, robust smartphone application. 

With the app, student, faculty, and other users can conveniently search the University Libraries’ online catalog, CardCat, check due dates, renew items, and request holds of library materials for later pick-up. They can also connect to mobile-friendly research databases to search for full-text articles and ask-a- librarian for immediate assistance. Users on the go can quickly check for an available computer workstation at Bracken Library or the branch libraries, reserve a group study room, lookup hours and contact phone numbers, and dial directly from the listing. And that’s just the beginning.
The smartphone app was developed by University Libraries’ Information Technology Services personnel, lead by James W. Hammons, Head of Library Technologies, with student assistant Jeffery D. Hendrix who created the graphics, in collaboration with Boopsie, Inc., a company specializing in advanced mobile solutions.

The new app is available free of charge for all the popular small-screen smart devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, and Symbian S60. It can be readily and conveniently downloaded from the Apple and Android stores, as well as from Boopsie, Inc., see

The University Libraries are committed to providing students and faculty with technologies that make information retrieval quick, convenient, and effective.

Add the University Libraries’ app to your smartphone today and give it a spin.

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